Blog Blitz: The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today Ellen is reviewing The Rising Storm as part of the Bookouture Blog Blitz so I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down!

About the author:

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When Ceri isn’t writing, she’s a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. She lives with her partner in Bristol, England and has various obsessions including all things Spanish, travelling and, of course, writing.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cerialowe/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cerilowepetrask

Website: http://www.cerialowe.com/

About the book:

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What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of her city by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilisation from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind.

Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

15-year-old Carter Warren is woken from the Catacombs after years of cryonic sleep. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks to Controller General – until he realises the Industry’s control methods have become harsher than ever. The Barricades make sure nothing from the Deadlands can get in to the Community – and no one can get out. And a shocking discovery about his own family causes Carter to question everything he’s ever known…

As Alice becomes entangled in the Industry’s plan for the future, and Carter delves into the secrets of his past, they must make sacrifices which threaten to tear them apart. And both of them are forced to confront an impossible question…

Stay loyal to their loved ones from the old world? Or dare to build a new one?

Buy  Links:    

 Amazon UK: myBook.to/TRSSocial

iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/y77m5e9n

Ellen’s review:

Dystopian and YA are two of my favourite genres so I was excited to get suck in to the first book of this trilogy. I loved how the story was told over two timelines: Alice at the point of the world’s collapse and Carter in the future that has adapted to the new way of living and is oblivious to how the world was before the creation of the Paradigm society.

In all honesty I preferred Alice’s narrative; witnessing the devastating effects of the vicious storms that rip London apart and how ten year old Alice survived (and eventually thrived) horrific scenes to eventually lend a hand in the creation of a new society was gripping. Her policies are rightfully questioned by Carter years after the event but at the time she believed what she was doing was for the greater good. Go Alice! Also, as I’ve mentioned, I’m a huge fan of dystopia and more so in the destruction and survival of people in the immediate aftermath. I’m not sure what that tells you about me!!

Where Alice was building the future and safeguarding future generations, Carter has his eyes opened to the truth of his family and the harsh reality of mankind’s history being erased. He begins to question the politics of the Paradigm which is pretty awkward as he has been raised to be a leader of the people and the powers that be are not comfortable with him questioning their authority. I did enjoy seeing his beliefs change throughout the story.

The Rising Storm is a great start to the trilogy and I will definitely be reading the rest.

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Blog Blitz: The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe

Hi everyone,

Today I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog blitz for The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe and I’ll be sharing my review with you all!

About the author:

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When Ceri isn’t writing, she’s a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. She lives with her partner in Bristol, England and has various obsessions including all things Spanish, travelling and, of course, writing.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cerialowe/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cerilowepetrask

Website: http://www.cerialowe.com/

About the book:

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What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of her city by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilisation from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind.

Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

15-year-old Carter Warren is woken from the Catacombs after years of cryonic sleep. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks to Controller General – until he realises the Industry’s control methods have become harsher than ever. The Barricades make sure nothing from the Deadlands can get in to the Community – and no one can get out. And a shocking discovery about his own family causes Carter to question everything he’s ever known…

As Alice becomes entangled in the Industry’s plan for the future, and Carter delves into the secrets of his past, they must make sacrifices which threaten to tear them apart. And both of them are forced to confront an impossible question…

Stay loyal to their loved ones from the old world? Or dare to build a new one?

Buy  Links:    

 Amazon UK: myBook.to/TRSSocial

iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/y77m5e9n

My thoughts:

I had been dying to read this book as soon as I heard about it from Bookouture, and it’s safe to say it was worth the wait! Once I picked it up, I couldn’t stop reading it.

I’m a sucker for all things YA/dystopian lately, so The Rising Storm was right up my alley. It’s a cracking opening to a series, setting up the characters nicely, and with some really interesting story arcs.

I really enjoyed the pace of The Rising Storm. Nothing is out of sync in terms of how the narrative jumps between characters and their experiences in the past and present. I liked how the author was able to weave it all together, and although I was left with some questions, I’m glad to know that there is more to come with this series.

Clever, engaging and with excellent character development, I raced through The Rising Storm. Bring on the next one! 😊

Highly recommended!

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Blog Blitz: The Broken by Casey Kelleher Ellen’s Review

Hi all,

Ellen is taking part in the blog blitz for Casey Kelleher’s The Broken, and I’ll be sharing her review with you guys! 🙂

About the author:

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Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole.

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time.

She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise, The Betrayed and her latest release The Broken is due for publication on the 22nd February 2018.

For all news and updates:

www.caseykelleher.co.uk

www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher

http://caseykelleher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @caseykelleher

About the book:

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They took her dad, but she won’t let them take her.

Nancy Byrne was the apple of her daddy’s eye. He might have been one of the most-feared gangsters in London, yet Jimmy Byrne idolised his little Nancy. But now Jimmy is dead, gunned down in cold blood – and Nancy vows to avenge his death.

She’s only twenty years old, but as the new head of the ruthless Byrne gang, running a lucrative world of drugs, sex and violence, she’s in over her head. Keeping her family together while her beloved grandma falls apart and her brother Daniel goes off the rails forces Nancy to grow up – fast.

But while Nancy takes the men on at their own game, there’s a greater danger hiding on the dark streets. Jimmy’s killer is on her trail – and will stop at nothing to shut her up.

Blood might be thicker than water, but soon, Nancy realises she can’t trust anyone. Not even her own family.

Especially her own family.

A gritty, gripping read full of shocking thrills and suspense – readers of Mandasue Heller, Martina Cole and Jessie Keane will be addicted until the very last page.

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Ellen’s Review:

Having loved the first book in the series from Casey Kelleher, The Betrayed, I was excited to get my grabby hands on The Broken! I was totally wrapped up in the exploits of the Byrne family and couldn’t wait to get stuck in and find out what was going to happen next. Would Colleen finally grow that backbone? How would Joanie get by without her precious son Jimmy? Now that Nancy knew who her father’s killer was what would she do?

All my questions were answered and a few new ones were thrown in for good measure. The Byrne family have a new boss in Nancy and she takes no shiz from anyone. She is as hard and brutal as her father but wrapped in a glamourous package. Don’t let that front fool you – she is not one for getting her hands dirty but makes sure that justice is delivered and delivered with vicious results. You would not want to mess with this lady!

Her brother Danny is a different story; he would like to think he is his father’s carbon copy but he just doesn’t meet the mark. Far more willing to dabble in the dodgier side of the gangland dealings than his sister but slowly unravelling mentally which makes him a dangerous adversary. Truth is revealed and lies exposed in The Broken and they will blow your mind.

And Colleen, their poor mother who was beaten down in the first book? Well, it would appear that her and Joanie have made amends which was a surprising turn of events….yeah…saying no more but it’s the perfect story arc.

I loved this book and that can be taken as high praise as this wouldn’t normally be my genre of choice. Casey Kelleher has smashed through my misgivings and delivered another brain blowing, heart pounding book. I can’t wait for the final book in this series.

Five stars from me!

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~Cover Reveal~ The Rising Storm by Ceri A Lowe

Hi guys,

I’m delighted to be taking part in a cover reveal for The Rising Storm by Ceri A Lowe, a YA/dystopian book that the lovely folks at Bookouture will be publishing soon!

Here are the all important bookish details 🙂

ABOUT THE BOOK:

An addictive and gripping dystopian series, perfect for fans of The Girl Who Dared to Think, The Hunger Games and The Gender Game.

What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of London by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilisation from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind.

Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

Decades later, 15-year-old Carter Warren is woken from the Catacombs after years of cryonic sleep. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks to Controller General – until he realises the Industry’s control methods have become harsher than ever. The Barricades make sure nothing from the Deadlands can get in to the Community – and no one can get out. And a shocking discovery about his own family causes Carter to question everything he’s ever known…

As Alice becomes entangled in the Industry’s plan for the future, and Carter delves into the secrets of his past, they must make sacrifices which threaten to tear them apart. And both of them are forced to confront an impossible question…

Would you dare to risk it all for the perfect world?

If this sounds like your kind of book, you can pre-order your copy NOW by clicking HERE!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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When Ceri isn’t writing, she’s a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. She lives in Bristol, England and has various obsessions including all things Spanish, renovating houses, travelling and her dog, Pablo.

In the last few years she’s won the Exeter Short Story Award, Global Short Stories annual prize, the Flash 500 Award, the Story Star Publishing Prize and the Writers’ Forum Short Story competition.


I don’t know about you guys, but I am dying to read this book. It sounds like something I would love,so I will be eagerly awaiting its release 🙂

And now, to lift the veil…

Feast your eyes on this beauty…

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Publication Day Blog Blast~Dying Breath by Helen Phifer~Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today is the blog blast for Helen Phifer’s Dying Breath and I’ll be sharing Ellen’s review with you all! First though, here’s the all-important bookish information that you need to know!

About the author:

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Helen Phifer lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children.
Helen has always loved writing and reading. Her love of horror films and novels is legendary. Helen adores reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own.

Helen’s debut novel ‘The Ghost House’ was published by Carina UK in October 2013 and went on to become a best seller along with the rest of the Annie Graham series. The Secrets of the Shadows, The Forgotten Cottage, The Lake House, The Girls in the Woods and The Face Behind the Mask.

The Good Sisters is a standalone horror story which will scare the pants off you or so her lovely readers have told her. It scared Helen when she was writing it so she pretty much agrees with them.

March 2017 saw the release of psychological thriller Dark House (previously called The Lost Children), book 1 in the Detective Inspector Lucy Harwin series. Book 2 – Dying Breath is due for release in Nov 2017.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Helenphifer1

Instagram:    https://www.instagram.com/helenphifer

Twitter:       https://twitter.com/helenphifer1

Website:     https://www.helenphifer.com

About the book:

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Take a breath. Pray it’s not your last.
Just a few months after a terrifying case that nearly took her life, Detective Lucy Harwin is back with her squad in the coastal town of Brooklyn Bay – and this time, she’s faced with a case more horrifying than anything she’s encountered.

Along with her partner, Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy is investigating what appears to be a vicious but isolated murder; a woman found bludgeoned to death on a lonely patch of wasteland.

But when a second victim is discovered strangled in an alleyway, then a young family shot in their own home, Lucy and the team must face the unthinkable reality – a killer is walking the streets of their quiet coastal town.

While Lucy and the team try to find the link between these seemingly unconnected murders, they uncover a disturbing truth – these murders are replicating those carried out by infamous serial killers.

Lucy must get to the killer before he strikes again. But he’s got his sights on her, and is getting ever closer… Can she save herself, before she becomes the final piece in his twisted game?

Amazon Links:UK http://amzn.to/2kwbxut

                            US http://amzn.to/2y7pqEK

Ellen’s Review:

I have often seen a book described as “jaw-dropping” before but never actually experienced it….until Dying Breath by Helen Phifer. At points throughout the book I could have done with a hammock for the aforementioned dropped jaw! The story is super tense and fast paced and one of those books where I could be caught speaking aloud to. “Whaaaat!?” and “No way” being some of the favourite phrases used.

 

I recently read and enjoyed the first in the Detective Lucy Harwin (Dark House) and it was great to be reacquainted with her. I love her professionalism, dedication and that gut feeling she follows. This often leads her into a dangerous situation but she would rather follow leads at her own risk than endanger her team.

 

The interaction between Lucy and the team is great and I am enjoying her blossoming relationship with Mattie. I’m not one for hearts and romance but would like to see Lucy have a little happiness after the trauma of the last two books!

 

An easy five stars from me.

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~Blog Blitz~ Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell

Hi guys,

Today I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog blitz for Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell, and I’ll be sharing my review with you all further down!

About the author:

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USA Today Bestselling Thriller Author.

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.

Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline’s personal experiences in the police and paranormal.

Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as “terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers”.

 

Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as “thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way”.

Author Social Media Links:

www.caroline-writes.com

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3076677.Caroline_Mit

https://twitter.com/Caroline_writes

www.pinterest.com/Writeparanormal

https://www.facebook.com/CMitchellAuthor/

About the book:

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A serial killer is playing a terrifying game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead.

In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the twisted killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die…

But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby persuades her boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to use his criminal connections to set up a dangerous meeting. Because to catch this killer, she needs to think like one…

But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team become. Is Mason really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining Ruby up to be his next victim?

Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James will be hooked by this dark and utterly disturbing thriller, packed with twists until the final page.

Buy links:

 UK: http://amzn.to/2v1l8v5

US: http://amzn.to/2umrDqp

My thoughts:

Having read and really enjoyed the first two books in this series, I was delighted to be able to read Murder Game for the blitz. It was great to be able to catch up with Ruby and her team following the events in Sleep Tight!

Murder Game is another excellent installment in the series. In this book, a killer is on the loose, kidnapping their victims and leaving clues for the police to try and decipher. The caveat is that they are against the clock, and the clues are gruesome reminders that if they aren’t fast enough, the victim dies.

Another disturbing fact is the killer seems to be emanating another killer from years before, Mason Gatley. But he is in prison. So Ruby has to try and glean some information from this sadistic killer before its too late. This makes for some very uncomfortable prison scenes as she tries to figure out just what exactly is going on.

Murder Game is a very clever game of cat and mouse. It’s definitely the best Ruby Preston book, in my opinion. The team is tighter, the characters are really well fleshed out, and the crimes are gory as hell. I raced through this one because I was eager to see where Caroline Mitchell would take us on her twisted journey into the mind of a killer.

Safe to say I really enjoyed this one! Highly recommended! 🙂

Previous reviews:

Death Note (as Love You To Death) by Caroline Mitchell

Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell

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~Blog Tour Review~ Don’t Tell A Soul by DK Hood

Hi guys,

Today I’m one of two stops kicking off the blog tour for Don’t Tell A Soul by DK Hood and I’ll be sharing my review with you all. First though, here’s the all-important bookish information 🙂

About the author:

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Born in London, D.K. traveled extensively before settling in sunny Australia. Her interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. She is an avid reader of crime, mystery and thrillers. Writing in this genre has been an exciting adventure for her but nothing could top the thrill of receiving a proposal for her first submission,  ‘Don’t Tell a Soul’ from commissioning editor Helen Jenner at Bookouture. D.K. looks forward to sharing her spine tingling stories with you.

 

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dkhoodauthor/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/DKHood_Author

Website: www.dkhood.com

 

About the book:

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The floor was stone cold on her bare skin. Her heart pounded in her chest. ‘Not a soul knows where I am,’ she thought as she took in the darkness around her. And then she heard his footsteps…

When a body is found stuffed into a barrel at a garbage dump, covered in long red cuts, Detective Jenna Alton and her new deputy, David Kane, rush to the scene.

Nothing ever happens in the small American town of Black Rock Falls, so Jenna believes the victim must be one of two recent missing persons, and she fears for the life of the other.

Both were strangers to the town, but there’s nothing else to link them. Jenna knows someone must have seen something, but no one’s talking; how well does she really know the people around her?

Then a disturbing clue makes Jenna suspect a connection with other disappearances in the town’s history. Just when she begins asking the right questions, she realises she’s being followed. Is she next on the killer’s list?

In a race against time, Jenna and David must unlock the dark secret at the heart of the town, before it’s too late… 

A completely addictive detective thriller that will have you guessing right to the end. Perfect for readers of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Rachel Abbott.

Buy links:

UK http://amzn.to/2wESpf4
US http://amzn.to/2vgQtva

 

My thoughts:

I love a good serial killer thriller, especially ones based in the USA, so it was an easy yes to taking part in the blog tour for Don’t Tell A Soul by DK Hood. It sounded like something right up my street and I was not disappointed!

When a body is discovered in a barrel at a waste disposal site in Black Rock Falls, it’s up to Detective Jenna Alton and her new Deputy, David Kane to find out who it is and what happened. This is a small town, where nothing ever happens, but there are a couple of missing persons cases and Alton is afraid that the victim may be one of the missing so she begins an investigation that will threaten everyone’s safety around her.

Gah! I’m writing this review eager to tell you EVERYTHING about this book, but I can’t, because SPOILERS!!!!

So lets discuss characters instead for a bit. Jenna Alton is a strong female lead in this book, she takes no prisoners and takes s*** from NO-ONE! I loved her no-nonsense attitude and how she carries herself. Everyone has a past, and Jenna is no different but hers is one she has hidden away from the rest of the world. Enter Deputy David Kane….

Kane is such a great character. Full of machismo, but ultimately a very caring and honest man, he leaves the reader in no doubt that he is a very determined and interesting character. Alton and Kane meet in a great scenario (not going to say more!!!!) and their relationship starts off on an uneven keel for sure. As a pair, these two work so well together. They have each other’s backs, but are respectful of their differing methodologies and approaches to crimes/suspects. I really liked their inner monologues throughout the course of the book!

That plot though!!! It is detail-heavy, there are lots of extra stuff in there that creates the scenes and sets up the characters really well. So much so, that you will question everyone’s motives in the course of reading the book. I had inklings as to the whodunnit bits, but the author created such a wider picture that my theories were disproved more than once. I did get some bits right, but the ultimate reveal wasn’t what I was expecting. In a good way of course!

DK Hood, I need more Kane and Alton in my life, ASAP please 🙂 I am a huge fan of these two, and thanks to the author’s skill at not disclosing every minute detail, I am hankering for the next book and for answers!!!! Read it, and you’ll want to know what I want to know!

Don’t Tell A Soul is an absorbing, clever and dark book. Delving into small-town America and creating a sinister snapshot of life in a sleepy Montana town, it is compulsive and moreish. You need to keep reading, gleaning more information, putting it together in your head. And then the author will add in a tiny detail to make you go OMG! How did I miss that?!

Bravo, Ms. Hood. Bring on book 2.

Highly recommended!

 

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